Kidnapping is an increasingly common crime in Kenya. The cops need to step up their game.
This is because we report kidnappings at least every other day.
People you know well orchestrate most of the kidnapping. It’s a friend, a neighbor, or a family member.
On Monday, police detained a married woman who claimed that criminals kidnapped her after reportedly eloping with a younger guy.
Most kidnappers target children and the elderly, however, there have been a few examples of adults being kidnapped.
Last Friday, September 17, the woman went missing, leaving her husband concerned about her whereabouts.
On a fateful day, police from the DCI stated the woman’s husband received a call from his wife.
He alleged that unknown persons who demanded Sh200,000 in ransom had kidnapped her.
As a result, the woman’s husband filed a missing person report with the Embakasi Police Station.
Detectives discovered the woman on Loita Street in Nairobi’s core business district, where her panicked husband was attempting to get help.
During the probe, the victim’s husband and other relatives come up with 17k and wired it to the alleged kidnappers.
The woman had eloped with a cab driver to his one-roomed house in Ma, unbeknownst to them.
The woman’s family started a WhatsApp group to seek funds for her release.
On Monday, they delivered an additional Sh40,000. The two traveled from Malaa to Mtito-a-Ndei to withdraw the funds, apparently to divert the attention of the pursuing cops.
After receiving the second payout, the suspected kidnapper chose his other girlfriend, a Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology student, and housed the two ladies in his Malaa room.
On Monday, they apprehended the three in Sagana and sent to the Embakasi Police Station. The prosecution team will arraign them in court today.